Learn From a Pro
As the owner of a successful residential construction business, Jordan Smith has years of experience applying math skills to the job site.
13 In-Depth Lessons
Each video lesson dives into mathematics fundamentals, from adding and subtracting fractions to trigonometry. Lessons average around 15 minutes each.
A downloadable book with summaries and recommended exercises helps you get real-world practice.
13 Video Lessons (2h 57 m)
Lesson 1: Class Overview
Welcome to class! Whether you zoned out in math class or just want to brush up on the basics, this class will give you the foundation to make any construction job more efficient and profitable.
Lesson 2: Measurement Review
Nearly all of construction math starts and ends with the tape measure. Learn how to read a tape measure like a pro.
Lesson 3: Increments and Fractions Review
Jordan outlines the key increments used in measuring and identifies the most common fractions to memorize to make day-to-day math in construction easier.
Lesson 4: Adding Fractional Measurements
Being able to quickly add fractions is a crucial skill for success on the job site. Learn how to frame a window accurately as a real-world application of adding fractions.
Lesson 5: Subtracting Fractional Measurements
A confident foundation in fraction subtraction will help you deliver measurements on the job and do things like rip plywood more efficiently.
Lesson 6: Dividing and Multiplying Fractions
Dividing and multiplying fractions are two sides of the same coin. Jordan teaches you tricks for doubling, halving, and quartering measurements in your head.
Lesson 7: Shiplap Spacing
Using division, learn how to evenly lay out a fractional number of pieces of shiplap across the wall of a room.
Lesson 8: Deck and Stair Railing Spacing
Learn to make sure the balusters on a cable deck railing and set of stairs will both be up to code and look great.
Lesson 9: Deck Baluster Spacing
Jordan teaches you an insider trick for making sure the spacing between deck balusters is even every single time.
Lesson 10: Calculating Areas of Floor Plans
Review the formulas for area for basic geometric shapes, and apply those formulas to the areas of floor plans and other drawings for construction.
Lesson 11: Calculating Volumes of Interiors
Jordan shares how to calculate volumes for common construction problems, from HVAC estimates to pouring concrete.
Lesson 12: Angles and Triangles: Foundation Layout
Learn to take the time-consuming guesswork out of foundation layout and how to square a foundation easily and accurately.
Lesson 13: Basic Trig: Cutting a Staircase Handrail
A single trigonometric function can go a long way in making accurate angled cuts before even showing up on the job site. Learn how.